New Delhi: Hockey India, the apex organisation governing field hockey in India, has secured an official partner in Coal India Limited (CIL)/South Eastern Coalfields Limited (SECL) for the much awaited Hockey World League Final 2015. The Hockey World League Final is organised by the International Hockey Federation (FIH) and this year will be played at the Raipur International Hockey Stadium, Raipur, India from the 27th of November - 6th December 2015. This year India along with Argentina, Great Britain, Canada, Belgium, Australia, Germany and Netherlands will vie for top honours at this global event.
India under the guidance of chief coach Roelant Oltamns has just returned from New Zealand after winning the series, is expected to enter the tournament high on confidence. The Netaji Subhash Southern Centre, Bengaluru will host 26 probables for the national camp from the 26th of October 2015, ahead of the World League Final in Raipur. India is currently ranked 8th in the FIH world rankings.
An elated Dr. Narinder Dhruv Batra, President, Hockey India said, “We are delighted to see Coal India Limited/South Eastern Coalfields Limited come on board as the official partners for World League Final. It reinforces my faith in the fact that the sport is not going unnoticed in India and both the private and public bodies are equally keen to help the growth of Hockey in the country. Keeping in mind our recent series win against New Zealand last month I am confident of seeing a more confident and improved team India at the Hockey World League final. I would like to wish luck to the participating teams and hope to see some quality hockey on the field.”
“CIL/SECL is happy to partner with the Hockey World League final. We have been actively involved with grass-root sports talent development in the past and this partnership is just an extension of our long standing commitment to sports in India. We are glad to be associated with our national game, Hockey and wish all the very best to the participating teams”, said Mr. Om Prakash, CMD, SECL.
SECL, a miniratna company, is the largest coal producing subsidiary of Coal India Limited. This association is in continuation to CIL/SECL’s long-term commitment towards promoting sports and developing a sporting ecosystem in the country.